so·​cio·​path | \ ˈsō-sē-ə-ˌpath How to pronounce sociopath (audio) , ˈsō-sh(ē-)ə- \

Definition of sociopath

: a sociopathic individual : psychopath

Examples of sociopath in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web How has someone who is a borderline rapist, a murderer, and a potential sociopath endured through all these decades? Carolyn Wells, Longreads, 14 Oct. 2021 And while this go-round sets the stage for more, as Dexter discovered, even a handsome sociopath should recognize the perils of staying in one place too long. Brian Lowry, CNN, 13 Oct. 2021 Stephen Dorff, who is such a good actor, plays Ketchum as a stone sociopath with a broad condescending grin. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 7 Sep. 2021 Even though Dan did turn out to be a sociopath in running a gossip site about all his friends, Joe is the more complex role. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, 30 Aug. 2021 Jane’s testimony, which stretched over three days in the second week of Kelly’s trial, was a key part of what’s now been a string of accusations by alleged victims that have painted the singer as a domineering and sometimes violent sociopath. Jason Meisner,, 27 Aug. 2021 In season two, murderous sociopath Joe (Penn Badgley) met his match in Love (Victoria Pedretti). cleveland, 14 Sep. 2021 More interesting, however, is the script’s hint that the teen is already a demi-sociopath. Amy Nicholson, Variety, 3 Sep. 2021 New Blood, the revival of the eight-season Showtime series in which Michael C. Hall plays a sociopath attempting to find an ethical way to practice his favorite hobby. Jen Chaney, Vulture, 30 Aug. 2021

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Sociopath.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sociopath

: someone who behaves in a dangerous or violent way towards other people and does not feel guilty about such behavior


so·​cio·​path | \ ˈsō-sē-ə-ˌpath How to pronounce sociopath (audio) , ˈsō-sh(ē-)ə- How to pronounce sociopath (audio) \

Medical Definition of sociopath

: a sociopathic individual


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